Jane McNeill QC was called to the Bar in 1982 and became a QC in 2002. She specialised in the fields of employment, discrimination, personal injury and clinical negligence. As junior and then leading Counsel, she was involved in many leading cases (see the list below), including, latterly, cases with a specific employment/personal injury law overlap.
She sits as a Recorder in the County Court (appointed 2006) and as an Employment Judge (fee-paid) (appointed 2000). Since 2014, she has been a member of the Council (board) of Acas, where she has chaired committees and been involved in overseeing good practice guidance aimed at supporting good relationships between employers and employees and managing conflict in the workplace where it arises. She was joint Head of Old Square Chambers from 2009-2015 and, having ceased to practise as a barrister in 2018, is now an Honorary Member (door tenant) of Old Square Chambers.
Jane qualified as a mediator in 2002. She has facilitated the resolution of many difficult disputes across a range of sectors, including the education, health and finance sectors. Following a recent mediation, the lawyer for one of the parties described her as “the perfect mediator” who had handled the mediation in a way which was “professional, courteous and patient”.
Jane also carries out investigations and chairs panels considering disciplinary, grievance and wider cultural workplace issues. In the past, these have included investigations in the legal, schools and higher education sectors.
Jane has been ranked as a leading silk in the directories for many years, most recently (2018) being described as “a brilliant counsel, who is patient, firm and decisive” and “highly knowledgeable in the crossover between employment and medical law”.
She has been a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn since 2007.